Possibly, though Scotland isn't very good either. Maybe he just wanted to make sure England was even worse . It's probably best to consider civs as a whole, as some civs are carried by only one or two of their unique aspects while others distribute what makes them useful more evenly. Pax B was an important part of England's strength, in contrast to say America's vanilla UU which you could remove from the game and leave America nearly unaffected :/. Mustang is a little better, but not much. Mongolia losing Keshig wouldn't be unplayable, but it would be a big hit. I don't buy the alleged "snowballing" as a problem. Too inconsistent with reality and with how civs with early bonuses function in practice to support this notion.